Lucy Jeal - Violinist
Lucy Jeal enjoys a diverse chamber music and orchestral career in the UK and abroad.
She is a member of several chamber groups including the Somov Piano Trio, Ensemble Reza, Pentagon String Ensemble and the eight-piece Salonorchester Baden-Baden. She has guest-led the Brodsky Quartet with concerts in Rotterdam, Bologna and across the UK and toured with Alfred Brendel, playing Mozart Piano Quartets in concerts including Carnegie Hall New York, Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Suntori Hall Tokyo.
She has toured Scotland with her cellist duo partner Alexander Somov and has been invited as a guest artist to many music festivals across Europe and the UK including Montepulciano, Schwarzenburg, Apollonia, Syam, Presteigne, Newbury, Chester, North York Moors and IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music.
A member of the English Chamber Orchestra since 2001, (touring as far afield as Korea, South Africa, Azerbaijan and Bermuda) Lucy also plays regularly with La Follia, Orchestre de Chamber d'Alsace and Orchestre Philharmonique du Strasbourg.
From 2003-6 she was a member of the Royal Northern Sinfonia based at the Sage Gateshead. Since then she has been invited to play in principal positions in orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, English National Opera and the Halle Orchestra.
At the age of seventeen she won the LPO's international 'Young Soloist of the Year' competition which led to performances of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto in the QEH and RFH. She has played all the major violin concertos with various UK orchestras and more recently the Beethoven Triple concerto with the Philharmonie de Strasbourg and Brahms Double concerto with the Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra.
She was chosen for the Countess of Munster recital scheme for two years running as well as the 'National Federation of Music Societies' artists' recital scheme. She has broadcast recitals on BBC Radio 3 - 'Young Artists' Forum' and 'Through the Night' from the Apollonia Festival.
Future projects for 2015 include a cd release with the Salonorchester Baden-Baden.
Lucy was born in London, was a music scholar at the Purcell School of Music and an Associated Board Scholar at the Royal College of Music with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Felix Andrievsky. She then finished her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno, and as a Dean's Talent Scholar at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA) with Almita Vamos. While still a student at Oberlin College, she spent a semester in Berlin observing the teaching of the violist Kim Kashkashian. This was the beginning of a journey to find a balanced and free approach to playing, enabling intensity of sound and expression without unnecessary physical tension.
"Lucy Jeal plays in a joyous, singing style - What followed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall was an inspired affair. Mozart's Violin Concerto No 3 in G K216 was played by her in a manner both authoritative and persuasive." - The Strad.